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amNY Broadway: ‘Beetlejuice’ bows for ‘Music Man’, Manilow musical pushed back

Barry Manilow's musical has been pushed back (Photo by Joan Marcus)

‘Beetlejuice’ closing to make way for ‘Music Man’

In spite of significantly improved weekly box office grosses since opening in late April, the producers of “Beetlejuice” confirmed this week that the Tony-nominated musical will play its final performance on June 6. According to industry buzz, the show is being forced out of the Winter Garden Theatre to make way for the much-anticipated revival of “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. A national tour of “Beetlejuice” is expected to launch in fall of 2021.

Manilow’s ‘Harmony’ pushes back premiere

“Harmony,” a new musical by Barry Manilow about a real-life band in Weimar Germany, was supposed to be produced this winter by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. However, the production has been pushed back to 2021 due to recent illness and scheduling conflicts on the part of director-choreographer Warren Carlyle. The Folksbiene is currently presenting “The Sorceress,” a 19th-century Yiddish-language fairy tale operetta, at the museum.

Zegen joins cast of ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’

Michael Zegen, who plays Joel Maisel on the Amazon television series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” will join Jennifer Damiano (“Next to Normal”), Joel Perez (“Fun Home”) and Ana Nogueira (“The Michael J. Fox Show”) in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” a new musical based on the 1969 film about two sexually adventurous couples, which will have songs by Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”) and a book by Jonathan Marc Sherman (“Women & Wallace”). It will be produced Off-Broadway by the New Group in January.  

The cast of “The Inheritance” (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Goldwyn to take over for Hickey in ‘The Inheritance’ 

Tony Goldwyn (“Network,” “Promises, “Promises”) will join the cast of the two-part Broadway drama “The Inheritance” for four months beginning in early January. He will take over the role of Henry Wilcox while John Benjamin Hickey takes a leave of absence to direct the Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” starring Matthew Broderick and Sara Jessica Parker. 

Stachel withdraws from ‘Dreamcoat’

One day you’re wearing a multicolored coat – and then it’s gone. Tony winner Ari’el Stachel (“The Band’s Visit”), who was slated to play Joseph in Manhattan Concert Productions’ one-night performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biblical pop opera “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” has bowed out due to “an unforeseen conflict.” He will be replaced by Noah Galvin, who has appeared on the television series “The Real O’Neals” and on Broadway in “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Waitress.” The performance will take place Feb. 17 at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. It will be directed by Michael Arden (“Once On This Island”) and feature a 300-member chorus.

Spotted…

Tom Cruise at “The Play That Goes Wrong”…Emma Stone at “American Utopia”…James Taylor at “Come From Away”…Hillary Clinton at “Moulin Rouge!”…Sarah McLachlan at “Jagged Little Pill.”

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